So it’s come to this. In the wake of intense speculation and excitement over their Ivy League double-header, MGMT shocked Brown and Yale minutes ago by announcing that they will not be playing either concert, objecting to the inclusion of infamously misogynistic artists on the rosters: the Ying Yang Twins at Yale and Snoop Dogg at Brown.
The electro-flower-children have long supported feminist causes since their time at Wesleyan, and were not willing to be introduced with lyrics including, but not limited to: “Beat that p-ssy up,” “wanna control these hoes …can’t control these hoes (no, no, no),” “I hate hoes, I hate hoes, I hate hoes,” “Forreal b-tch, don’t take the sh-t wrong / Thinking I’m nice I’ll break you jawbone,” and of course, “I can’t stand b-tches and hoes / ’cause a b-tch is a b-tch and a hoe gonna hoe.”
Contacted by IvyGate, the band’s manager Andrea Neustein commented,
Andrew and Ben are extremely sorry to disappoint their fans at at Yale and Brown, and hope to return in the future. But, at this exciting and taxing time–with the new album, Congratulations, on-sale April 13–the band is under pressure to accept gigs that will reflect well upon their characters and beliefs. MGMT’s support for feminist causes is unprecedented in rock music. The band is uncomfortable with the offensive content that Snoop Dogg and The Ying Yang Twinz [sic] employ for shock-value. As Ben has told me, “music that disrespects women is not cool, or fun, or anything.” We will release an official announcement 11pm EST, April 1.
Ms. Neustein also cited MGMT’s continued monetary support of the feminist organization NOW, and chastised Yale’s Spring Fling Committee, in particular, for such an irresponsible choice. So there you have it. It’s not time to pretend after all. Personally, we’re a little surprised they didn’t object to Major Lazer at Brown…